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Thought of the day

“Never one thing and seldom one person can make for a success. It takes a number of them merging into one perfect whole.” — MARIE DRESSLER, Canadian actress (1869-1934)

The Greeting

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good morning, 413. Welcome to your Friday ... as of this writing, it's T-minus seven hours and 23 minutes until quitting time.  Yabba dabba do!

Until your weekend begins, we have these news stories to enrich your day: 

A number of rabbis are urging Passover seder planners not to cross the picket line at the region's Stop & Shops, where many people typically stock up on kosher foods for the holiday. Cross the picket line, and you stray into the realm of the un-kosher, they intone. Let us pray for the contract impasse to pass.

A builder of tiny houses is moving south from North Adams to Adams.

The Adams Select Board ran afoul of the state open meeting law, according to a recent decision from the state Attorney General's Office. 

There's a new launching spot on the Housatonic River next to the Division Street Bridge that will make it easier to get onto the water at a stretch that is teeming with wildlife.

And don't miss these other headlines ...

GAME ON: Staff writer Bob Dunn returns from Pax East with mad gaming knowledge and what to expect for the coming year.

A HISTORIC NEW BOSS: Lesley Herzberg is the new executive director at the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

P.S. In case you're a fan of jiu jitsu or mixed martial arts, world champ Demian Maia will be teaching in Lenox on Saturday. Yes, that's correct, world class training right here in the Berkshires.

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The News

Rabbis: Don't cross Stop & Shop picket lines for Passover kosher items

BOSTON — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike across New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has … more

Williamstown Select Board backs amendments for roadwork and lower water, sewer rates

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Select Board has made its recommendations on the warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting, which is set for May 21.The warrant includes budgetary provisions and spending … more

North Adams-based builder of tiny houses seeks a bigger space for operations in Adams

ADAMS — Tiny houses sold here.B+B Micro Manufacturing, a North Adams-based firm that builds tiny houses, is set to expand into the building now occupied by Brown Packaging at 201 Howland Ave. … more

New Housatonic River launch in Great Barrington also sends message for river cleanup

GREAT BARRINGTON — Standing at the new canoe launch at the Housatonic River are two men working to make the river easier to enjoy so that it can also be saved.Dennis Regan and Narain Schroeder … more

AG says Adams Select Board violated open meeting law

ADAMS — A ruling by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has affirmed a complaint that the Select Board violated the state's open meeting law last June. Edmund St. John III, Adams town … more

Lesley Herzberg is new executive director at the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead

PITTSFIELD — Building on her career within Berkshire County's cultural institutions, Lesley Herzberg has taken on the role of executive director at the Berkshire County Historical Society at … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Bob Dunn | Game On: What to look out for this year in games

Another PAX East is in the books and with it, hints of what's to come in the year ahead in gaming.There were the big announcements, of course. For example, Borderlands 3 was officially revealed with … more

Playwright-actress navigates rich terrain in new play, 'Lady Randy,' at WAM Theatre

LENOX — Lady Randy was a woman to be reckoned with. An American heiress married to Lord Randolph Churchill, the former Jennie Jerome was bold, brilliant and beautiful, unapologetically sexual, … more

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The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


EAGLE EVENTS: Check out these Eagle-sponsored events: We're hosting the UpCountry Magazine 2nd Wine, Food & Spirits Celebration on May 2, as well as an advanced learning event on immigration

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The Snap

Micah Zasada, 12, of Williamstown tosses a bucket of rainbow trout into the Stockbridge Bowl in Stockbridge on Thursday. Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife brought about 800 fish to stock. Colorful trout ranged in size from 6-18 inches.

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